Richardson placed on transplant list

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Just posted an item over on our breaking news section about Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson being placed on a waiting list for a heart transplant.

Richardson, 72, has had previous heart problems and remains in Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. There is no timetable for the transplant and medical personnel are seeking a suitable match.

Richardson had a pacemaker inserted a little over a month ago and hasn't been feeling well for several months. This latest news is more than a little concerning because Richardson is one of the classiest people in the NFL. He also is one of the league's most influential owners.

The former Baltimore Colts wide receiver brought the expansion Panthers to the Carolinas in 1995 and has remained very active in ownership in recent years. His sons, Mark and Jon also are extremely active in the organization and within the league.

Mark Richardson serves as team president and oversees business and football operations. He also is a member of the NFL's competition committee. Jon Richardson serves as president of the company that runs Bank of America Stadium.